Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
Head of Department: Lee Scott
Within the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness we aim to promote and stimulate a passion for learning and to challenge all students to aspire for success and fulfil their own unique potential.
To achieve this all students are encouraged and challenged to take on responsibilities for their own learning with aspects of planning, preparation, implementation and review of learning activities, accessed through the completion of assigned modules. This prepares students to be independent learners, able to manage their time and resources effectively, able to identify opportunities for personal development and skill acquisition. The department has a fully equipped ICT area.
The CoPE is an optional subject at KS4.
he CoPE curriculum is accessed through the student workbook, which is used to facilitate students building a portfolio of evidence. The course comprises of 13 modules, the modules are divided into three sections; section A, B and C. Each section should take at least 10 hours to complete - 10 hours is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.
Students will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievements. Students must also demonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the six CoPE skills units;
- Working with others
- Improving own learning and performance
- Problem solving
- Planning and carrying out a piece of research
- Communication through discussion
- Planning and giving an oral presentation
There is a strong emphasis on planning and self-evaluation of work completed
The course is 100% coursework and needs to meet the national standards set by the exam board.
Students will progress through the CoPE workbook which covers the following modules; Communication, The environment, Independent living, Expressive Arts, Vocational preparation, Health and Fitness, Work-related learning and enterprise, Science and Technology, Beliefs and Values, Citizenship and Community, Sport and Leisure and Combined Studies ( this module allows you to mix and match a combination of challenges from other modules).
Students are assessed through each module in the six skill units. This gives them opportunities to demonstrate how they:
- can work together
- problem solve
- plan and carry out research
- communicate through planned discussions
- plan and give an oral presentation and improve their own learning
- perform in a subject area.
This will test their ability to make critical decisions on how they are going to go about their learning taking on responsibilities for their learning and what skills they are developing. Students are encouraged to broaden their experience and manage their learning in a variety of real life contexts, shaping the topics covered by employing choice in the pathway through the workbook and the challenges they take on. Students are taught to understand, take responsibility for and learn from appropriate activities, rather than simply to experience them.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular
There are extra-curricular activities within this subject, opportunities to take part in training to complete tasks in modules, for example first aid and possible visits to agreed places to support particular tasks within the modules that would benefit students. There are also opportunities for students who have outside interests to use their experience to count towards their portfolio.
CoPE will enable students to apply themselves to further education and apprenticeships in work, by being able to clearly show that they are; self-confident, motivated, articulate individuals able to demonstrate and talk about the skills they have developed and discuss how they use these skills to complete tasks in a flexible and adaptable way. This provides insight into these skills that Employers are extremely keen to see, especially when there is evidence to support it. This provides a strong platform for investment of time and money from Employers into the young person sitting across from them. This subject is beneficial across a multitude of career paths.
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Course code: CoPE Level 1 100/3558/8
CoPE Level 2 100/3559/x
Textbooks and Revision Resources
Textbooks will be appropriate for modules worked on and will be supplied from subject areas.
Access to ICT will be in each lesson.